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Compensation & Benefits

Offer intermittent leave as ADA accommodation

When we talk about intermittent leave, we’re usually discussing the FMLA. But intermittent leave can also be appropriate in the context of the ADA, as a reasonable accommodation of an employee’s disability.

EEOC wellness rules would limit incentives

Two new proposed EEOC rules would strictly limit the incentives employers could offer to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs. In order to comply with the ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, only minimal incentives would be allowed.

New coronavirus plan addresses HR issues

Days before becoming president, Joe Biden outlined a $1.9 trillion emergency plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic and jump-start an economic recovery. Several plan elements affect HR.

DOL: Unused FFCRA leave need not be paid

The Department of Labor has clarified how the new coronavirus relief law—formally known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021—affects paid sick leave and paid family leave that was authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act last year.

Coronavirus relief law adds more flexibility to flex funds

The coronavirus relief legislation signed into law Dec. 27 grants some financial leeway to employees who participate in health and dependent care flexible spending account plans.

DOL rule updates tip-sharing rules for restaurant workers

Waiters and bartenders can be required to share their tips with cooks, dishwashers and other back-of-the-house food service workers under a final rule issued Dec. 22 by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Prepare to start paying for home office costs

During the initial migration to home offices, many employees gladly picked up the incidental costs of working remotely. That probably won’t last.

Relief bill causes paid family leave confusion

The massive coronavirus relief and appropriations legislation that Congress passed Dec. 21 includes an extension of some features of the emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. But the bill was drafted in a way that creates some confusion about how HR departments should treat that leave in 2021.

The impact of COVID on workers’ comp claims

With fewer people in the workplace, employers have seen a big decrease in non-COVID workers’ compensation claims, down about 25–50% since early March.

Health costs flat despite (or because of) pandemic

Large employers encountered a paradox among the financial ruins of the coronavirus pandemic: Their health care costs rose just 1.9% in 2020, the lowest increase since 1997.